Darden MBA student Jennifer Forman speaks about the Forté Foundation, which helps women launch into fulfilling business careers through partnerships with businesses, organizations and business schools.
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Every admissions officer I spoke to gave me the same advice about timing: Don’t submit your application until you are completely ready. If you want to retake the GMAT to get a higher score, or if you need a few more weeks to polish up your resume and essays, take advantage of the opportunity to apply later.
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If you are having trouble selecting the programs to apply to or what to write your essays about, then you need to take a step back.
People will tell you over and over again that selecting an MBA program is all about fit, and I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret: they’re 100% correct.
Business schools encourage variety of opinions and perceptions. If you are an international student like me, remember that you should not only learn from others but also contribute from your own personal experience. Do not try to cover up your cultural background or match it to the common perspective. Instead, share your approach with your peers and be open minded to others. You will find that doing so is very enriching and rewarding.
Here I am few months into my first year, and I have further refined my goals and am starting to pursue a career in entrepreneurship with a focus in biotech. The people that I have met in my class have opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and I am thankful to have met them as they are helping to shape my future.
Business leaders are the people who ultimately decide how workplaces function, in any industry. So if you are passionate about women’s advancement and you want to help more women reach leadership roles, and if you want more flexibility in work-life balance, you need to become the person who has the power to promote employees and define the core values of the company.
You will be presented a lot of opportunities during business school, be sure to stay true to yourself and what you want to accomplish so that you don’t become overwhelmed by the volume of things that you think you should get involved in. The MBA experience is one that is very transformative in many different levels.
Is the MBA right for me? That’s a question many people ask before they decide to dive into the very long and hard process of applying to business school.